At today’s hearing in the Basmanniy Court the defense lawyers for Ivan Zyuzin and Vagan Abgaryan announced a motion to disqualify the judge after spotting the ruling for the hearing on the judge’s desk before the hearing had even completed. The judge, however, ignored the motion and proceeded with the hearing, ruling to prolong the pre-trial detentions of Ivan Zyuzin and Vagan Abgaryan until October 13th. We are disappointed to see that Artem Avetisyan and Sherzod Yusupov continue to abuse the Russian legal system while keeping detained the very witnesses who would be able to expose their crimes. However, we are confident that the facts will be established and those responsible for the asset stripping at Uniastrum Bank, the corporate raid of Vostochny Bank and the arrests of innocent people will receive the punishment they deserve.
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